Jimi Hendrix 73 today!

If Jimi Hendrix was still with us he would have been 73 today. I would love to have seen what musical direction he would have taken in the ’70s and even ’80s. I’m sure there would have been some great collaborations if he’d been able to shake off his management team.

To mark Jimi’s birthday here is my cover of his classic tune: ‘Little Wing’.

If you’re trying to learn the intro to this song then the first thing to do is to learn the chord structure, which is as follows:

little wing intro chord shapes

This helps you connect the individual rhythm licks together and memorise it.

Here is a transcription of the whole song that I found:


I would suggest slowing the song down so you can hear the licks, as they are quite intricate. I learned this when I was about 15 and don’t play it note for note today, I think of the chords and then embellish them as Jimi did.


3 thoughts on “Jimi Hendrix 73 today!

  1. notmywayguitarmel says:

    Dude, that was fantastic! Great Job! I used to study a lot of Jimi’s songs including this one. Your inspiring me to maybe revisit this song again! I love your interpretation, and the intro was spot on! Keep up the good work!

  2. stroudguitar says:

    Cheers man, glad you liked it. Funny how love for a guitar player goes in cycles, on a big Jimi phase now. Going back to it, it’s funny seeing things I missed when I first learnt it. It is incredible what Jimi achieved in such a short space of time.

  3. notmywayguitarmel says:

    Life seems to ebb and flow in cycles… Yeah Jimi made a huge impact in a short amount of time! The only person how perhaps made a bigger impact culturally, historically, etc. is Jesus of Nazereth.

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